№ 2, 2020
The second half of the 1980s can be rightly called the time of lovely illusions. After a careful examination of the popular concepts at that time, which were built on the ideas of the universal consensus and conflict-free development (“new thinking”, “end of history”, “free world network” etc.), Yu.Artamonova and A.Demchuk reveal a number of the common premises that date back to the 18th—19th centuries. This is first and foremost about the idea that was popular among the thinkers of the Modernity that the society is “doomed” to be fair, because it is pre-established in the very sociality.
The authors’ analysis of the idea of “implicit sociality,” or the predetermined possibility of creating a “good” society, not only reveals its inherent vulnerabilities, but also indicates the presence of potentially dangerous consequences. First, it is the threat that orientation towards an ever-expanding consensus will degenerate into the coercion to a dialogue, including at the international level. Second, the inevitability of a constant revision of the institutional and legal framework of such dialogue that is not only fraught with the loss of organization, but also calls into question its very existence. But most importantly, the premise of “primordial sociality,” which ultimately requires universal dialogue and consensus, de facto destroys the possibility of meaningful participation in anything. As a result, according to the authors’ conclusion, the adoption of the idea of “primordial sociality” or simply the possibility of self-disclosure of some predetermined essence leads both to political incompetence and to a loss of ability to act politically.
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